Recently, I ran up a few drinks at a restaurant bar before being seated. The tab was transferred to my dinner/table bill.
My companion said I needed to tip the bartender. I disagreed, as I said I would tip on the final bill.
If I tip the bartender, and then tip on the final bill, I'm tipping twice on the drinks - which on over $80 worth of drinks amounts to $16.
If I don't tip the bartender, is he shorted (table tips not shared?)
If I reduce my tip on the dining bill, the waiter will feel slighted and shorted.
Aside from the obvious choice of settling at the bar, what do people do here?
PS. I ended up tipping both, but it didn't seem right.